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Landscape Architecture Students Bring New Eyes, Ideas to Pittsburgh Neighborhood

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Hazelwood Library site perspective by Jessica Lock

Aaron Ramos, a fourth-year landscape architecture student, has a vision for a patch of grass and asphalt in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Hazelwood. It’s near the building that will soon house the Hazelwood branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. He’s designed an interactive landscape that he hopes will serve as more than just a library but also as a gathering place for the community.

And instead of parking spaces along Hazelwood’s Second Avenue, Ramos would love to create a network of parklets. After hearing from community members, he developed a plan to make the main drag in this community along the Monongahela River more walkable, more accessible to pedestrians.

Ramos and 11 other fourth- and fifth-year Penn State landscape architecture students are wrapping up their experiences in the Pittsburgh Studio, a five-credit class that puts them in target communities in the city and surrounding urban areas, and charges them to create conceptual designs that can help people imagine what their hometowns could become. For the full story, click here.